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Albany 2, Phantoms 1: ?We didn?t carry over that momentum?

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  • Albany 2, Phantoms 1: ?We didn?t carry over that momentum?

    A night after looking like world beaters against Hershey, the Phantoms were decidedly less so on Saturday. They weren’t terrible, Albany was just a bit better, as they’ve been all year.

    Nearly every game against the River Rats feels like a carbon copy: a one-goal game where Albany’s stars find a way to come through while the Phantoms’ don’t.*Jerome Samson and Zach Boychuk have killed the Phantoms. *They’ve combined to score nine goals against the Phantoms. Boychuk has five in seven games, including two game-winners. Albany clinched the season series. They’ve won seven of the nine games.

    The Phantoms came out a bit slow, but poured it on in the third period. Too little, too late. Jared Ross had a golden opportunity and was robbed by Justin Peters.


    – The official scoresheet lists Laliberte as the goal scorer, but it was Pat Maroon. Laliberte was surprised they gave credit to him and the Phantoms have asked the league for a change.

    – Denis Bodrov is out five-to-seven days with an injury he suffered against Hershey. He’s being evaluated further on Monday.

    – Marc-Andre Bourdon is questionable for Sunday with an injury. I’m sure he’d love to play in Montreal.

    – Rob Bellamy was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He hadn’t missed a game since Oct. 28.

    – David Sloane played for the first time in 12 games because of the defensive injuries.


    Greg Gilbert

    On carrying the momentum over from Friday night:

    “These guys are professional athletes. They have to bring that same energy and emotion every day. To use that as an excuse. If you go into a playoff series and you win Game 6 on the road in overtime, does that mean you come home and lose Game 7 because it’s an emotional drop? Not a chance. That’s what mental toughness is and obviously we didn’t carry over that momentum we created last night and that’s something we need to learn to do.”

    On playing better in the third, when they outshot Albany, 11-4:

    “We were still sloppy, passes missing the tape, passes on the tape we can’t handle. It’s all those little details of the game that make the big difference in the outcome. The energy was a little better in the third, we had chances, but obviously didn’t finish and came out on the short end of the stick.”

    On the team’s overall play:

    “Not very good, actually, the first half of the game. They came at us, they had the opportunities. We woke up a little later as the game went on, when we were behind and had opportunities on the power play. we just didn’t bury them.”

    David Laliberte

    On the emotion carrying over:

    “We started slowly a bit. we tried to come back hard but it wasn’t enough. (Friday) we played really well and during the 60 minutes, but tonight we had a slow start and it cost us the game.”

    On now traveling to Hamilton:

    “We’ll have to be ready for tomorrow and make sure we play the A game up there. We have to battle every game and win every game we can, because we’re fighting for the playoffs right now.”

    Albany coach Jeff Daniels

    On the play of Boychuk and Samson against the Phantoms:

    “They’ve stepped up a couple times for us against Adirondack… and every game is that low-scoring, tight checking, both goalies making some big saves. Fortunately, we were on the good side again.”

    Anyone make the trip? What did you think?

    – Tim